Apple’s growing services business, and its increasing openness to having its software on other people’s hardware, is one of the most fascinating stories in tech at the moment. Tech blogger turned venture capitalist M.G. Siegler has written an excellent summary of the situation on Medium. As he says, the future for the company “is going to be… different.”
Incidentally, it was a pod that really started to change the equation. The iPod. In order to reach a wider audience with that device, Apple had to do something that was seemingly against Steve Jobs’ DNA: make software for Windows. (Ice water! In Hell!) And the slope ultimately proved slippery, albeit in a slow way. Eventually, we got (and then lost) Safari for Windows. And in the more recent era, Apple Music for Android. And Alexa.
Customers of Verizon Unlimited plans will get free, full Apple Music as a perk. This is for the Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited plans.
The bonus Apple Music should be launched in the next couple of days, according to the information that we received. Verizon is yet to make the announcement publicly, but the information comes from a source that has proved reliable in the past.
A few unofficial Apple Music web players popped up during the second half of 2018. Now, there is a new one in town for 2019. On Wednesday, Reddit user tatians posted that they had created Maeve. It is one of the slickest Apple Music web players I’ve seen, offering really good search functionality. Users simply log in to access their library on the web. Maeve also offers customizable themes. GitHub users can contribute to the project’s development.
Mr. McCartney’s most recent album—Egypt Station—was released back in September. It has 16 tracks and the song Who Cares has an anti-bullying message.
The content won’t appear until 2019, with the majority of the production happening in 2018. The list will be updated continuously, so be sure to bookmark this page.
A software engineer built an unofficial Apple Music web player so that the service can be accessed by Linux users.
UK Apple Music subscribers received a code offering them £50 off a new HomePod device, worth £269, until 16 December.
Business playing music within their stores could be much easier in the future.
Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple Music coming to Echo hardware and fighting notification addiction.
Users will be able to ask Alexa to access their Apple Music starting December 17th via a new skill.
A number of users are reporting that their Apple IDs have been locked on their iOS devices, with the reason for the issue unknown.
Andrew Orr and Jeff Gamet join host Kelly Guimont to discuss how US carriers aren’t ready for this eSIM jelly, and Apple’s interest in iHeartMedia.
Spotify increased its number of paying users in the last quarter, keeping it ahead of Apple Music.
Dave Hamilton has issues making mixtapes, and Jeff Gamet has issues with the new Mac mini. They join host Kelly Guimont to discuss, today on
Coffee Talk Daily Observations.
Weird Al Yankovick and Andy Samberg are doing an episode of Apple Music’s Carpool Karaoke, and the trailer looks like a lot of fun. Andy Samberg is being joined by his The Lonely Island partners, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. I’m guessing just about everyone knows who Weird Al is, and many will be familiar with Andy Samberg, but it was The Lonely Island trio who produced Lazy Sunday, Natalie’s Rap, I’m on a Boat, and many more popular SNL Digital Shorts. This Carpool Karaoke episode looks suitably zany, with a mix of straight songs and parody bits. I’m looking forward to it!
You can search for songs in Apple Music based on their lyrics in the Music app on your iPhone or iPad.
Apple has a new trailer out for Carpool Karaoke promoting an upcoming episode with Jamie Foxx and his daughter Corinne Foxx. The trailer feature’s Foreigner’s
ripoff of Deep Purple’s “My Woman from Tokyo” “Hot Blooded.” The theme of this episode is father-daughter clashes over what gets played on the car’s radio, which will surely resonate with lots of folks. Jamie Foxx is a great singer, too. Here’s the trailer.
Genius has partnered with Apple Music to introduce Genius lyrics into the app. Apple Music is also the official music player on its website.
BBC hip-hop DJ Charlie Sloth is leaving his current gig to join Apple Music. Just like Zane Lowe, his show broadcast on BBC Radio 1, and now he’ll be on Beats 1.
Apple announced on Monday that it purchased the song identification service Shazam.